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12:15 PM ET, June 25, 2021


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David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Justice Dept. to file lawsuit against state of Georgia over new voting restrictions  —  The Justice Department will file a federal lawsuit Friday against the state of Georgia for its efforts to enact new voting restrictions that federal authorities allege discriminate against Black Americans …
Discussion: CNN, ArkansasTimes and Forbes
Ari Berman / Mother Jones:
Justice Department Is Suing Georgia Over Voter Suppression Law  —  Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.  —  In its first major action to combat GOP voter suppression laws …
Mother Jones:
The FBI Searched the Home of a Rudy Giuliani Associate  —  Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.  —  FBI agents on Tuesday searched the California home of George Dickson III …
Aruna Viswanatha / Wall Street Journal:
Justice Department to Sue Georgia Over Its New Voting Law  —  Biden administration to launch federal lawsuit challenging state's changes to voting regulations  —  WASHINGTON—The Biden administration is suing the state of Georgia over its new voting law, a person familiar with the matter said Friday …
Discussion: BuzzFeed News and NBC News
Alexander Mallin / ABC News:
Justice Department to sue Georgia over voting rights law  —  AG Merrick Garland announced the action on Friday.  —  Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Friday that the Justice Department is suing the state of Georgia over the sweeping election law recently passed by Republicans …
Biden administration to sue Georgia over its GOP-enacted voter restrictions  —  The Justice Department is suing the state of Georgia over its controversial voting rights bill, a person familiar with the department's plans confirmed.  —  Republican state legislators around the country …
POLITICO Playbook: Graham: Biden made GOP look like ‘f—ing idiots’  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  MUTUALLY ASSURED DESTRUCTION — President JOE BIDEN, Senate Majority Leader CHUCK SCHUMER and Speaker NANCY PELOSI unveiled a rather daring new strategy Thursday for getting the president's agenda passed.
New York Times:
Pence, Diverging From Trump, Says He Was ‘Proud’ to Certify Election  —  In a speech, former Vice President Mike Pence went the furthest he has gone yet in distancing himself from Donald Trump and the Capitol riot.  But he still praised the former president and his agenda.
National Review:
Republicans Shouldn't Fall for Biden's Infrastructure Charade
Quint Forgey / Politico:
‘Almost no idea more un-American’: Pence breaks with Trump on Jan. 6
Harris looks to shift the narrative at the southern border
New Details Suggest Senior Trump Aides Knew Jan. 6 Rally Could Get Chaotic  —  Text messages and interviews show that Stop the Steal leaders fooled the Capitol police and welcomed racists to increase their crowd sizes, while White House officials worked to both contain and appease them.
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo
Zachary Cohen / CNN:
Top US general rejected Trump suggestions military should ‘crack skulls’ during protests last year, new book claims  —  General's response to Gaetz's question leaves him shaking his head  —  Washington (CNN)The top US general repeatedly pushed back on then-President Donald Trump's argument …
New York Times:
They Seemed Like Democratic Activists.  They Were Secretly Conservative Spies.  —  Operatives infiltrated progressive groups across the West to try to manipulate politics and reshape the national electoral map.  They targeted moderate Republicans, too — anyone seen as threats to hard-line conservatives.
Trump set to reemerge on the trail with revenge on his mind  —  Former President Donald Trump is bronzed, rested and politically bloodthirsty.  —  Having spent months in semi-retirement after his election loss in 2020, Trump is set this weekend to kick off a series of political events.
Discussion: Raw Story
Daniel McGraw / The Bulwark:
Brace Yourself: Trump Starts Up His Rallies Again This Weekend  —  He's bringing the MAGA circus to Ohio.  Here's why.  —  When former president Donald Trump announced he was relaunching his rally roadshow—with the first stop being in Wellington, Ohio tomorrow—the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram …
Discussion: Bloomberg, Raw Story and MSN
Felix Salmon / Axios:
America's continued move toward socialism  —  Just half of younger Americans now hold a positive view of capitalism — and socialism's appeal in the U.S. continues to grow, driven by Black Americans and women, according to a new Axios/Momentive poll.  —  Why it matters: The pandemic …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Reason
Michael Luciano / Mediaite:
Tucker Carlson Trashes Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: 'He's Not Just a Pig, He's Stupid'  —  On Thursday, Tucker Carlson slammed Gen. Mark Milley, the Chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff, calling him “a pig” and “stupid.”  —  The Fox News host took particular issue with Milley's testimony …
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Yet Another Biden Program Favoring Non-Whites Halted By Federal Judge  —  “Plaintiff is a White farmer in Jennings, Florida who has qualifying farm loans but is ineligible for debt relief under Section 1005 solely because of his race.”  Judge agrees: “Race or ethnicity is the sole …
Jazz Shaw / HotAir:
White farmer wins court relief from race-based Biden farm-aid program
Discussion: UPI and NBC News
Thomas Page McBee / New York Times:
What I Saw in My First 10 Years on Testosterone  —  Mr. McBee is the author of “Amateur: A Reckoning With Gender, Identity, and Masculinity” and “Man Alive: A True Story of Violence, Forgiveness, and Becoming a Man.”  He writes for TV and film.  —  Ten years ago this month …
Discussion: KVIA-TV
Jackson Richman / Washington Examiner:
Chicago Dyke March chooses antisemitic hate  —  The Chicago Dyke March, on Saturday, is not about promoting Pride but rather a far-left agenda that includes antisemitism.  —  One poster promoting the event includes a woman standing on top of a burning police car while holding burning American and Israeli flags.
Joe Barrett / Wall Street Journal:
Derek Chauvin Faces Sentencing for Murder of George Floyd  —  Former Minneapolis officer could get up to 30 years in prison for the killing that revived the debate over race and policing  —  MINNEAPOLIS—Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is expected to be sentenced Friday afternoon …
Yascha Mounk / Persuasion:
The Perils of 180ism  —  Stop blindly opposing your adversaries.  Stick to your values and think for yourself.  —  A few months after I first moved to the United States, “The Colbert Report” premiered on television.  In his very first episode, in October 2005, Stephen Colbert defined “truthiness.”
Ali Breland / Mother Jones:
How Amazon Bullies, Manipulates, and Lies to Reporters  —  Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.  —  It was a slow news day at Gizmodo, the tech website where Dell Cameron worked.
Grant Stern / Washington Press:
Florida cracks down on Sidney Powell and Michael Flynn's “deceptive” fundraising  —  A nonprofit run by the former president's lawyer Sidney Powell, pardoned felon former National Security Advisor Gen. Michael T. Flynn, and Flynn's brother Joseph all just got hit with an Administrative Complaint by Florida's statewide charity regulator.
U.S. Unemployment Rescue Left at Least 9 Million Without Help  —  Barb Ashbrook, who lost her part-time job at a food court in downtown Indianapolis in March 2020, was denied unemployment benefits because she was earning more than $121 a week from a second job at a Dollar Tree store.
Reginald C. Oh / Washington Monthly:
An Academic Theory Has Become the 21st Century's Willy Horton  —  Contrary to what you've heard, Critical Race Theory, born at academic conferences, values diversity and healing.  It does not mean what Republicans say it means.  —  Critical Race Theory is the new Willie Horton.
USA Today:
Florida building collapse: At least 4 people dead, 159 unaccounted for; ‘We still have hope that we will find people alive,’ mayor says  —  Elinor Aspegren Ryan W. Miller Wendy RhodesUSA TODAY … SURFSIDE, Fla. — Almost 160 people are unaccounted for Friday morning, a day after a 12-story …
Jon Styf / Washington Examiner:
Tennessee locales rank poorly in analysis of best-run cities  —  A new report from WalletHub ranks Chattanooga, Tennessee, as the fourth-worst run large city in the country, behind Washington, D.C., San Francisco and New York.  —  Not far behind, at No. 133, was Memphis while Knoxville was 113th and Nashville ranked 111th.
John Rose / Wall Street Journal:
How I Liberated My College Classroom  —  I created a special seminar to discuss controversial issues freely, and the results were eye-opening.  —  Durham, N.C.  —  The conservative critique of American higher education is well known to Journal readers: The universities are run by intolerant progressives.
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Kyle Sammin / The Federalist:
Censuring China Would Help The Earth Far More Than Banning Steak, Gasoline, And Cow Flatulence
Daniel Greenfield / Front Page Magazine:
Obama and the Broken Nation He Made Come Of Age
Andrea Mitchell / MSNBC:
Officer Fanone: Saying Jan. 6 was like a tourist visit is ‘just an out and out lie’
Discussion: Washington Examiner and The Hill
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
Biden Doesn't Have an Answer to America's Crime Spike
Courtney Mares / Catholic News Agency:
Vatican ‘foreign minister’ doubts speaking out on Hong Kong ‘would make any difference whatever’
 Earlier Items: 
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
How to call the GOP's bluff on its ‘election integrity’ talking point
Discussion: New Republic and New Yorker
Fareed Zakaria / Washington Post:
Democrats need to show they can be trusted with power
Matt Fuller / The Daily Beast:
Congressmen Squirm as ‘World-Class Sleazeball’ Gaetz Continues to Roam
Discussion: Raw Story
Caity Weaver / New York Times:
Meetings.  Why?  —  Does this conversation need to be a meeting?  Does anything?
Associated Press:
Nearly all COVID deaths in US are now among unvaccinated